Your OHSAS 18001 training options which one is right for you?
18001 Introductory courses
The first of these is the introduction or awareness 18001 training course. These courses usually run over a single day and are aimed at those delegates that are either considering implementing the system or are new to the 18001 specification. A typical course would cover the background of OHSAS 18001 and why it was necessary to produce one core standardisation, the framework, benefits of the system, the requirements, an introduction to the documentation process and how to get your company certified. The benefit of this course is that it requires little previous knowledge and is an excellent starting point for further study.
Implementing OHSAS 18001 courses
The next course on offer is an implementing course; these are typically of two days duration. This course is designed for those who are looking to put the OHSAS 18001 in place. It covers a basic introduction to OHSAS 18001, including outlining the requirements and also covers the process of implementation including reviewing, planning, implementing and monitoring the systems. The benefits of this type of 18001 training course are that it provides delegates with the big picture of how to go about putting the 18001 requirements in place.
18001 Internal Auditor
The internal auditor 18001 training course, helps delegates learn how to monitor and evaluate how effectively their company is implementing the 18001 requirements. Internal audits are a requirement of the 18001 specification and enable each company to evaluate what they are doing well and where they can improve. Internal auditors are usually sourced from the company’s staff. It is often best to train a minimum of two, as they are not able to audit their own work. However, it is recommended that more are trained to allow for holidays, absence and re – employment. The 18001 training internal auditing course typically lasts two days and includes guidance on the skills and understanding an auditor will need and how to plan, conduct and report the findings of the audit. In addition it also includes how to identify and act on improvements that need to be made as a result of the audit.
18001 Auditor / Lead Auditor
The 18001 training lead auditor course is usually applicable to three different situations. The first is when a company wishes to have someone in charge of their auditing process and internal auditors. The second is if the company wishes to audit their own suppliers. The last situation is if the individual completing the course is looking to work for one the official assessment bodies. This involves going into companies and completing external audits, by reviewing the documents, records and working practices. Companies need to pass this yearly external audit to gain their OHSAS registration. Some 18001 lead auditor courses are certified by the International Register of Certificated Auditors, so look for the IRCA initials on the course title. The benefits of this, is that you can be sure that the course meets the requirements for those looking to become IRCA registered auditors. These courses cover the 18001 requirements, how to develop strategies for audits, planning and carrying out an audit, how to deal with non conformance and follow ups that need to be made.